UofM Students

Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco: Site Access Summary

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Learn about Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco.

Attitudinal

There is very little infrastructure to help accommodate individuals with disabilities. Sidewalks are poor and wheelchairs often travel in the streets, competing with cars for space. Access ramps are found at hospitals and occasionally at street intersections in the newer areas of cities. Fes medina particularly has no disability accommodation but could be navigated in main areas with help of an assistant. Some streets may be too steep, too narrow, or involve stairs.

Individuals with disabilities must be flexible and comfortable accepting help from others. There are some associations for various disabilities, but nothing comparable the ADA in the US.

Academics

Students spend four hours per day in class and the rest of their time either outside of class or with home stay families. Homework is either handwritten or done on students’ computers.

Additional accommodation in the classroom could include using volunteer note takers, allowing lectures to be recorded, and arranging for a separate room or extra time to take exams.

Classrooms are located on multiple floors without elevator access. Access to the main floor and library do not have ramps. Some ground floor classrooms could be accessible, but are not always available.

Housing and Meals

Rooms in the student residence are upstairs without elevator access. Some housing options in the Ville Nouvelle could be accessible, but in Fez medina all of the homes have stairs, narrow doors, and uneven flooring. Dogs would not be welcome.

Special dietary needs can be accommodated in some cases by home stay families. Students could live in the residence and do their own cooking.

Medical care is available and there are some English-speaking doctors.

Excursions and Activities

Most excursions require taxi or bus transportation and walking. There is no accommodation for wheelchairs on buses. Taxis in the city do have a roof carrier for wheelchairs or luggage. Sidewalks are poorly maintained and historic sites do not have pedestrian walks.

Transportation

Daily commutes to school are 15–20 minutes, either walking or by taxi/bus. There is no access on public buses for handicaps or wheelchairs, buses are very overcrowded and require long periods of standing in very tight quarters. Taxi access during rush hours is demanding and stations are not always easy to navigate.

Technology and Library Services

The library is not wheelchair accessible but there is assistance. The computer lab is upstairs without elevator access but WIFI is readily available in all areas of the school for students with their own computer. The student cultural center could be accessed with some outside assistance.